Even with 100 years of progressive, big government thought being rammed down our throats and the Occupy Wall Street movement currently taking to the streets to echo President Obama’s message of empowering the state to fix society’s problems, it’s nice to know that we are still Americans at heart.
By that, I mean that we began as and continue to be a people ingrained with the belief that government is more of a problem than a solution to our problems, or as Thomas Paine put it, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
Despite the best efforts of leftist, we still aren’t an European socialist knock-off. Not yet, at least, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The poll, conducted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, shows that 64 percent of Americans surveyed rate government as the biggest threat to the the country over big business and big labor. That’s just one percentage point below the all-time high since Gallup started asking the question in 1965.
By comparison, 26 percent say that big business is our big problem and 8 percent think big labor is to blame for our troubles.
This can’t be good news for Obama with the signature accomplishment of his first term, the massive healthcare take-over known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, poised to go before the U.S. Supreme Court on constitutional grounds as the national unemployment rate has averaged over 9 percent on his watch.
As is always the case, the more Americans see what electing big government progressives bring them the less they seem to want big government. It would seem that most of the so-called 99 percent that the Occupy Wall Street movement purports to represent doesn’t agree with them.
Of course, the occupiers have never represented anywhere close to 99 percent of Americans and I always thought that they have hurt themselves by couching their movement in those terms. I know what they mean–they are standing for the 99 percent who is oppressed by the one-percent controlling 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Their spiel goes something along those lines, but it all gets kinda fuzzy juxtaposed against pictures of demonstrators with trousers below their knees crapping on police cars. That’s when the real 99 percent–the percentage of people who think that they are nuts–say don’t count me among your numbers.
More troubling for news for Obama to be found in the Gallup poll is that nearly half of Democrats surveyed think that government is the biggest problem. That’s encouraging and I hope that it means that there are still some sane Democrats somewhere out there. I’m sure there are, because I know some of them. They just need to take the party back from some of the radical elements that have defined it over the last several years.
Like most southerners, my family was historically Democratic, of the Blue Dog persuasion. Even though we are living in a very divisive age, political party affiliation still doesn’t define you as a person. Maybe we should follow the example of Edwin Edwards, who doesn’t harbor any resentment that our state’s incoming Senate President John Alario has a “R” next to his name these days. On second thought, maybe that isn’t the best example I could give.
The point is that despite party affiliation or work by progressives to change who we are, this it still a center-right country. Of course, there are many in this country who aren’t really engaged in the intellectual arguments surrounding limited government or why Keynesian economics sucks who know it in their gut that we aren’t going down the wrong path.
It’s because we carry with us the legacy of men and women who kicked the dirt of the Old Word from their heels and crossed and ocean to build a nation forged in freedom and individual liberty. It’s either that or just that people are sick of Obama and cadre of elitist that are running this country into the ground. Either way is fine with me as long as the Gallup poll results mean that more Americans are ready to send our current president on a one-way ticket back to Chicago.
God bless America.